The Colts are showing what their offense is capable of — if they fix their turnover issues.

The Colts are showing what their offense is capable of — if they fix their turnover issues.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) tackles Cleveland Browns quarterback Myles Garrett (95) in the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct.
22, 2023, in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) celebrates after making a 17-yard field goal in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct.
22, 2023, in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gardner Minshew had the Indianapolis Colts offense humming on Sunday.

He threw touchdown passes of 59 and 75 yards and relied on the powerful one-two punch of Jonathan Taylor and Zach Moss.
That combination helped Indy gain more total yards, more rushing yards, more passing yards and more points than Cleveland’s defense allowed to its first five opponents.
But for the second straight week, the Colts turned the ball over four times.
So heading into Week 8, the biggest question for the Colts is: How will the offense look over the final 10 weeks of this season?

“I think this game should give us a lot of confidence, that we have everything we need and everything we mess up right now is under our control,” Minshew said.
“So I guess I go back and learn and keep getting better.”

Which way Indy goes depends a lot on Minshew.

In the first four games this season, he has held the Colts (3-4) to three touchdowns. In both starts after rookie Anthony Richardson suffered a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery, Minshew threw four interceptions, four tackles for loss and was sacked seven times.

Minshew and coach Shane Steichen know that even when things are going well, it’s not enough.
“We keep talking about it,” Steichen said of the sales cut.
“We talk about it in the boardroom, we actually talk about ball security.
Keep working and trying.
This is the starting point.
This is.”

And if the Colts can find a solution, they could see promising signs against Cleveland.
The next best opportunity is Sunday against New Orleans (3-4).
“I thought we played a really good game offensively, but I think as a team we took too many penalties and turned the ball over,” three-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly said.
“We can do better in the future. We can do better.
That bites.
It’s as bad as I remember because they’re a good team.

What works

Taylor.
The 2021 NFL champion is in great shape. After seeing limited action in the first two games, Taylor burst onto the scene Sunday with 18 carries for 75 yards and three carries for 45 yards.
He scored his first touchdown of the season and had 21 carries for 5.7 yards.
Why should we help?

Leak resistant.
Most of Minshew’s eight turnovers in the past two games have occurred when he was under heavy pressure.
Quicker learning and better decisions can help, as can regular pass defense.
He’s been sacked seven times in two weeks and 12 times in three starts.
Not

B Josh Downs.
The speedy rookie has blossomed over the past three weeks.
He caught 16 of 20 passes for 243 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career.
On Sunday, he had a 59-yard TD catch, posted his first 100-yard rushing game and led a postgame locker room raid.

Stop

CB Darrell Baker Jr. After filling in for the injured JuJu Brents, Baker took two questionable penalties in the final 40 seconds that cost Indy the game.
His illegal contact penalty negated his chance to recover in what would decide the game.
On the next play, pass interference moved the ball to the 1-yard line.
Baker also finished third and 10th in the long distance before the two-minute caution. Steichen didn’t say much about the two penalties, but acknowledged the team could ask the league office to review either game.
injury

Brents was the biggest addition to the injury list, but Steichen had no update Monday.
He told coaches after the game that DT Eric Johnson has a sore ankle.
WR-PR Isaiah McKenzie has been cleared to return after being evaluated for a head injury. RT Braden Smith (hip and wrist) and TE Kylen Granson (concussion protocol) could return this week.
small numbers

4 – After next weekend, the Colts play four of their next five games in Indianapolis.
The only game to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1st.
The game against Tampa Bay is on the 26th. The Colts also play New England on November 1st. 12 Frankfurt, Germany.

the next stage

Usually 38 points and 316 yards allowed is a winning combination.
But four turnovers, three punts that went 50 yards, a blocked field goal and a defensive fumble turned things around Sunday.
Until the Colts limit the sweepstakes, they won’t win as often.

 

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